This week, Youth Mental Health First Aid instructor Natasha Devon MBE spoke to the Metro about the positive impact of mental health education in schools.

Natasha describes the need for children to understand that we all have mental health and discusses the importance of a ‘whole school’ approach, highlighting the positive influence that creative and sporting aspects of education have on wellbeing.

Discussing the role of teachers, Natasha explains how they are well placed to spot signs of poor mental health and to direct children and parents towards appropriate services and further supports, citing Mental Health First Aid training as great way of equipping teachers to do this. 

You can read the article in full here.

To give your views on how approaches to mental health education might be improved as part of PSHE lessons in schools, you can take part in a government-run consultation via the following online survey:
gov.uk/government/consultations/changes-to-teaching-of-sex-and-relationship-education-and-pshe.